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The below information is for reference only. We will continue to evaluate and adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance and adjust operations as needed.

The National Park Service is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to Mammoth Cave National Park includes: cave tours; the park visitor center; campgrounds; hiking, biking and equestrian use trails; waterways; roads; and in-park concessions operations such as lodging, food and beverage, and retail.

While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full cave tour operations will continue to be phased. Future tour schedules will be released as soon as optimal tour options are determined in accordance to CDC and public health guidance.

Currently the Mammoth Cave area is at a Community Level of Low. As such, masks are not required in the cave, visitor center, or bus transportation. Additional details are available at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

We ask our visitors to recreate responsibly and follow CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including staying home when feeling sick.

 

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Roads and Ferry

Park Roads & Green River Ferry Status can change without advanced warning. For the most up-to-date ferry status information follow the Mammoth Cave Roads and Ferry Twitter feed or please call the Green River Ferry Hotline at (270) 758-2166.

The Green River Ferry is open for service seven days a week except Christmas Day (December 25). Starting May 8, 2022 the ferry will operate under temporary hours until further notice:

  • 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday
  • 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday
 
 

Trail Conditions

Front Country Trails: Open, except where noted below.

Partial Closure: A section of the Heritage Trail and the foot bridge behind the lodge will be temporarily closed during construction on the Lodge at Mammoth Cave. Hikers wishing to access the Heritage Trail can do so from either the Old Guides Trail near the Historic Entrance or from the parking lot near the Sunset Terrace hotel building. This project will begin on December 6, 2021 and is estimated to be completed winter 2022/2023.

Backcountry Trails: Open

 
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Cave Tours

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Ranger-led Programs

Join us for a ranger-led program on the surface.

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Accessible Activities

Description of Accessible Cave Tours, Ranger Walks & Talks, and Self-Guided Adventures

 

Construction Projects

Mammoth Cave Hotel Roof Replacement Project

The Mammoth Cave Hotel Roof Replacement Project will begin on Monday, December 6, 2021. The project will require the full closure of the main building of the Lodge at Mammoth Cave Hotel to the public for one year, but commercial visitor services, such as dining, retail and the hotel check in desk will continued to be offered near the visitor center. The project is funded through the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) and will help address the park’s backlogged maintenance needs and correct other exterior and interior deficiencies of the park’s main hotel building.

 

Air Quality Webcam

The park maintains an air quality monitoring station near the visitor center overlooking the Green River.

 

River Level

In cooperation with the US Geological Survey, the park maintains a water level monitoring station on the Green River inside the park boundary.

Last updated: December 4, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 7
Mammoth Cave , KY 42259-0007

Phone:

270 758-2180

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